Egypt’s union for musicians has issued a ban against local grime singers, claiming that it is protecting public taste. The music, known locally as “mahraganat”, has become very popular among the poor in Egypt with its working-class performers attracting millions of followers on social media. A mahraganat gig attracted more
The body representing university lecturers in Nigeria is opposing a bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment at universities. The Academic Staff Union says the law unduly targets and stigmatizes university lecturers. The bill is suggesting a five-year jail term for lecturers convicted of sexual harassment of their students. The bill
The UN-backed Libyan government says it’s pulling out of peace talks in Geneva after forces loyal to a rival parliament shelled the capital, Tripoli. Shipping in the port was targeted, prompting the national oil company to order all fuel tankers to be evacuated. An arms depot also reportedly came under
The University of Ghana has suspended two lecturers for various periods without a salary after they were filmed sexually harassing undercover reporters in a BBC documentary. The documentary exposed sexual harassment and misconduct by lecturers at prestigious institutions in West Africa. Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, who was
At least 20 people, many of them women and children, have been killed in a stampede in south-eastern Niger, reports say. Refugees from neighboring Nigeria were queuing for food and money in the town of Diffa when the incident took place, according to local sources. Ten other people were injured.
Israel says it has begun flying commercial aircraft through Sudanese airspace under an agreement with the Khartoum government. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told a group of visiting US Jewish leaders that the first Israeli plane crossed Sudan on Saturday, bound for South America. He said the new air
Over half those killed in Ntumbo were children, and local media report that several victims were burned alive. No-one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident, but an opposition party blamed the army. Cameroon’s government, which has been fighting separatists in the region for three years, denied involvement in the attack.
Porto forward Moussa Marega walked off midway through his side’s win at Vitoria Guimaraes, saying he was subjected to racist abuse from fans. Marega, 28, started to walk towards the dugouts in the 69th minute, nine minutes after scoring what would prove the winner in Porto’s 2-1 victory. He pointed
The vast majority of funding for this blood collection program – some 80% – came from outside donors, according to a recent government report. This ensured there was money for essential supplies, personnel, and other blood safety-related costs. The main donor was the US government through the President’s Emergency Plan